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AO30120131223

Louise Fryer presents a week featuring some of the leading musicians of our age. Later in the week, Claudio Abbado conducts his all-star Lucerne Festival Orchestra in Beethoven, Brahms, Schubert and Bruckner and Nikolaus Harnoncourt inspires his epoch-making Concentus Musikus, Wien in Haydn and Schubert. Also Simon Rattle directs the strings of the Berlin Philharmonic in Schoenberg's Verklarte Nacht and today the unassuming master, Herbert Blomstedt conducts Brahms. Also today, Jordi Savall presents a sequence of music in celebration of the Virgin Mary of Montserrat. And, each afternoon, there's a mouth-watering scene from Rameau's colourful opéra-ballet, Les Indes galantes. All the recordings were made at continental Europe's leading music festivals.

Rameau Les Indes galantes, opera-ballet (1736 version)

Prologue

Hébé, the goddess of youth, laments the seduction of idle youths by Bellone, the goddess of war, who promises them glory in battle. Hébé calls on Cupid to send his winged followers throughout the world to search for true love.

Hebé....Stéphanie Révidat (soprano),

Bellone....Aimery Lefèvre (bass-baritone),

L'Amour....Valérie Gabail (soprano),

Valère, Tacmas....François Geslot (countertenor),

Le Choeur du Marais,

La Simphonie du Marais

Hugo Reyne (director)

c. 2.40pm

Brahms Violin Concerto in D, Op 77

Frank Peter Zimmermann, (violin),

NDR Symphony Orchestra, Herbert Blomstedt (conductor)

c. 3.20pm

El Llibre Vermell de Montserrat - Songs and dances in honour of the Black Virgin of Montserrat

Jordi Savall and La Capella Reial de Catalunya recreate a sequence of music from the 14th century in honour of the Black Virgin of Montserrat.

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Nikolaus Harnoncourt conducts his Concentus Musicus Wien in a Haydn Symphony and Schubert's complete Rosamunde music, Sir Simon Rattle guides the strings of the Berlin Philharmonic through the dark mysteries of Schoenberg's Transfirgured Night and there's more exotic music from Rameau's Les Indes Galantes.

With Louise Fryer

Haydn Symphony No. 26 in D minor, Hob. I:26 ('Lamentatione')

Concentus Musicus Wien, Nikolaus Harnoncourt (conductor)

c. 2.20pm

Schoenberg Verklärte

Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, Sir Simon Rattle (conductor)

c. 2.50pm

Rameau Les Indes Galantes Act I - Première entrée: Les Turc généreux

In an act subtitled 'the Gernerous Turk,' Valère has been roaming the world seeking her love, Emilie who has been captured by Valère's former servant Osman. When he finds them both, a repentant Osman releases his captive so that she may be reunited with her former lover.

Emilie....Stéphanie Révidat (soprano),

Osman....Aimery Lefèvre (bass-baritone),

Amour....Valérie Gabail (soprano),

Valère....François Geslot (countertenor),

Le Choeur du Marais,

La Simphonie du Marais

Hugo Reyne (director)

c. 3.20pm

Schubert Rosamunde D. 797 (complete)

Bernarda Fink, (contralto),

Arnold Schoenberg Choir,

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Rameau's Les Indes Galantes Act II: the Incas of Peru complete with a volcanic eruption and Haydn's depiction of a storm are introduced by Louise Fryer

Haydn The Storm, Hob. XXIVa/8

Concentus Musicus Wien, Nikolaus Harnoncourt (conductor)

c. 3.50pm

Rameau Les Indes Galantes

Deuxième entrée: Les Incas du Pérou (The Incas of Peru)

The Inca Huascar and the Spaniard Don Carlos both pursue Princess Phani and a volcano erupts

Carlos....Reinoud van Mechelen (countertenor),

Phani....Valérie Gabail (soprano),

Emilie....Stéphanie Révidat (soprano),

Huascar....Aimery Lefèvre (bass-baritone),

Le Choeur du Marais,

La Simphonie du Marais

Hugo Reyne (director).

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Claudio Abbado conducts the all-star Lucerne Festival Orchestra in Schubert and Bruckner

A red-letter occasion for all music lovers is the appearance at the Lucerne Festival of the legendary conductor Claudio Abbado and his Lucerne Festival Orchestra. Here the players, who are gathered together from the world's leading orchestras and chamber music groups, join the elusive Italian maestro for Schubert's Unfinished and Bruckner's 9th Symphony, also left incomplete at the composer's death.

With Louise Fryer

2.00pm

Schubert Symphony No. 8 in B minor, D. 759 ('Unfinished') Lucerne Festival Orchestra, Claudio Abbado (conductor)

c. 2.30pm

Bruckner Symphony No. 9 in D minor, WAB 109 Lucerne Festival Orchestra, Claudio Abbado (conductor)

c. 3.40pm

Rameau Les Indes Galantes Act III: Les Fleurs. Fête asiatique

Prince Tacmas is in love with his favourite, Ali's, slave Zaire. Tacmas's slave Fatime in turn is in love with Ali in this exotic Persian love intrigue from the High Baroque court of Louis XV.

Tacmas....François Geslot (countertenor),

Ali....Aimery Lefèvre (bass-baritone),

Zaïre....Stéphanie Révidat (soprano),

Fatime....Valérie Gabail (soprano),

Le Choeur du Marais,

La Simphonie du Marais

Hugo Reyne (director).

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Claudio Abbado conducts the all-star Lucerne Festival Orchestra in Brahms and Beethoven.

One of the hottest tickets in the international music calendar is the chance to catch one of the legendary conductor Claudio Abbado's concerts at the Lucerne Festival. Here they are heard in repertoire rarely played by Abbado. There's a final instalment from Rameau's exotic Les Indes galantes and Nikolaus Harnoncourt relishes the drama in four light hearted dances by Joseph Lanner, once the rival of Johann Strauss I.

Brahms Tragic Overture in D minor, op. 81

Lucerne Festival Orchestra, Claudio Abbado (conductor)

c. 2.15pm

Schoenberg Orchestral Interlude and Song of the Wood Dove, from Gurrelieder

Mihoko Fujimura (mezzo-soprano),

c. 2.30pm

Beethoven Symphony No. 3 in E flat, op. 55 ('Eroica')

c.3.25pm

Rameau Les Indes Galantes Act IV: Les Sauvages

Don Alvar, a Spaniard, and Damon, a Frenchman, compete for the love of Zima, daughter of a Native American chief, who prefers one of her own people. The scene was inspired by a visit to Paris 1725 of a group of native American chiefs.

Adario....Aimery Lefèvre (bass-baritone),

Damon....Reinoud van Mechelen (countertenor),

Alvar....Sydney Fierro (bass),

Zaïre....Stéphanie Révidat (soprano),

Le Choeur du Marais,

La Simphonie du Marais

Hugo Reyne (director)

c.4.00pm

Lanner 4 Dances

Hans Jörgel Polka, op. 194

Sehnsucht Mazurka, op. 89

Die Schönbrunner, waltz, op. 200

Jagd Galopp, op. 82

Concentus Musicus Wien, Nikolaus Harnoncourt (conductor).